Welcome to my Home Page! I am a permanent researcher of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (former Institute of Psychology) of the
Italian National Research Council in Rome. I am also an Associate Professor of Psychology of Communication (International Telematic University
UNINETTUNO) and an affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (Cambridge, MA). I collaborate regularly with the Stanford University
Department of Communication and the Yale University Department of Psychology.
I work in a relatively new research field, which is named Artificial Life. The main goal of this kind of research is the simulation and synthesis of living
systems into a computer in order to understand "life as it is" and "life as it could be" (Langton, 1989). A few years ago I started a collaboration with
evolutionary biologists (Gunter Wagner, Riccardo Galbiati) and cognitive scientists (Domenico Parisi, Stefano Nolfi, Frank Keil, Andrea Di
Ferdinando), and my current interest is in simulating evolution of body and brain/mind modularity in complex organisms by means of artificial neural
networks and genetic algorithms (Calabretta & Neirotti, 2015; Calabretta, Di Ferdinando, Parisi & Keil, 2008; Calabretta, 2007;
Calabretta, Di Ferdinando & Parisi, 2004). (Neural networks are computational models of the brain which controls organisms' behavior; genetic
algorithms are computational models of Darwinian evolution.)
My research activity also concerns the utilization of Artificial Life simulations and
software for the development of multimedia applications in the field of
education (Calabretta, 1996; in Italian). For several years I had been a Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of L'Aquila Faculty of
Educational Science and I collaborate with Rai Educational. Another research interest is the use of experimental narrative as educational tool: in 2006 I
published a science-in-fiction novel on emotions called Il film delle emozioni (second edition, Gaffi Editore, Rome; in Italian; see Calabretta, 2010).
My recent research interest is focused on intra-party democracy: I have developed a new intra-party deliberative and participatory
mechanism, named "Doparie" (Calabretta, 2011; Klein, Spada & Calabretta, 2012; Iandoli et al., 2017; see proposal's press page, in Italian). In 2009
I started a collaboration with Paolo Spada, an expert in democratic innovations, and in 2012 with James S. Fishkin (Fishkin & Calabretta, 2012), who
developed the idea of Deliberative Polling and is the Director of the Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy.
Tè Darwiniano: reports on GRAL meetings (in Italian)
Past courses taught: Educational Technologies (in Italian), University of L'Aquila.
A brief history of the town where I was born: Satriano (CZ) (in Italian)
Liceo Classico dei Salesiani di Soverato (CZ): Reunion photos
Ministero dell'Universita' e della Ricerca Scientica e Tecnologica; Sindacati Ricerca: ANPRI:
Associazione Nazionale Professionale per la Ricerca.
CGIL: Sindacato Universita' e Ricerca; CISL: Sindacato Ricerca; UIL: Coordinamento Universita' e Ricerca; Associazione Dottorandi e Dottori di ricerca italiani
Internet: GARR - Rete dell'Universita' e della Ricerca Scientifica Italiana
Travelling (in Italian)